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Last Week to Submit for Issue 9

December 27, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close the TLR staff is looking back on a year of growth and accomplishment, thanks mostly to the creativity and generosity of our contributors and submitters. We’re also closing out the submission period for our ninth issue. It ends on December 31 at midnight, so this week is the last opportunity… Read More ›


TLR Issue 8 is Live!

Our final issue of 2016 is now live.We’re particularly proud of this one: in this season of awards nearly half of the pieces we’ve tabbed for nomination to prestigious places like the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and others, come from the pages of TLR8. And we have another great cover, this one thanks to… Read More ›


On Mothers and Daughters

By Tasha Cotter Lately, I’ve been immersed in two dazzling books: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. Both books deal with ideas of motherhood in ways that are touching, sometimes sentimental, but always deeply honest. So often we read mother-daughter experiences that seem at… Read More ›


The Lighter Side of the End of the World

By Jeannine Hall Gailey What’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “apocalypse?” If you think of bleak landscapes reminiscent of Mad Max, The Road, or The Hunger Games or zombies; well, you wouldn’t be alone. When I started writing my latest book, Field Guide to the End of the World,… Read More ›


Last Two Days to Submit for Tahoma Literary Review’s 8th Issue

The submission period for TLR’s eighth issue closes Wednesday at midnight, so if you’re still considering sending in your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, you’ve got two more days to decide. We’ve already closed the Fiction Full Critique category, as the response there was far greater than anticipated. In fact submissions are up across the board,… Read More ›


Tahoma Literary Review Issue 7 is Live

This is where we’re supposed to strike up the band, drop the balloons, have the smiling person onstage encourage your applause—Tahoma Literary Review issue 7 is live! But there’s been enough of that kind of thing lately. So we’ll leave the hoopla and hype to the politicians and announce, soberly and humbly, that this is… Read More ›


Why Fiction Writers Should Read Poetry

I am not a poet. It’s not that I haven’t ever tried to write poetry, but there are fundamental differences between writing good fiction and writing good poetry, and my particular writing skill set seems not attuned to it. Still, I love to read good poetry. I’m often fascinated by the poems I find both… Read More ›

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Welcome Brandon Amico, Issue 8’s Assistant Poetry Editor!

With our 7th issue, we began the practice of asking a contributor from a past issue of TLR to join us as a guest assistant poetry editor. Michael Schmeltzer started things off in issue 7 (we can’t wait to show you what we’ve selected together when the issue releases this summer), and with issue 8, we’re… Read More ›

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We Now Pay More for Poetry, You Pay Less to Submit Prose

At TLR we believe in Poetry, so much so that starting with this submission period we’re increasing the payment for published poems to $50. We’ve also been working hard to find ways to reduce our submission fees, and when our reading period for issue 8 opens on Saturday, May 7, the fee for Fiction and… Read More ›


TLR Recommends: New Poetry Reviews

The Book of Hulga Rita Mae Reese The University of Wisconsin Press ISBN-13: 978-0299308148 $14.95/90pp When I bought this volume, I told the bookseller, “I need this desperately.” He laughed, but I meant it. I have what most Flannery O’Connor fans have–a fierce devotion to all things O’Connor, and the sense that the legendary writer… Read More ›